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Dear Minnesota Dance Community,

DanceMN grieves the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Philando Castille, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, and the growing list of Black and Brown people at the hands of police. We stand in solidarity for the fight for justice with our BIPOC communities and are committed to working to end systemic racism.

As a repository for the dance community, resources will be included in DanceMN newsletters moving forward. We encourage our readers to submit as well. We hope that this will help disseminate important information, allowing us all to support, lean on, and push each other to take action.

Black Lives Matter.

DanceMN’s Steering Committee,
Rahila Coats, Penelope Freeh, Joanne Gordon, Jim Lieberthal, Kaya Lovestrand, Alys Ayumi Ogura, Abdo Sayegh, and Anat Shinar

Contact:
DanceMN Steering Committee- admin@dancemn.org

PERFORMANCES and EVENTS

AMP proudly presents its first screendance film, What Never Was. The film is a nine-minute work made to honor and reimagine the creative work of Alternative Motion Project’s canceled ninth season performance. While this film draws inspiration from the work that never got to see the stage, we did not set out to simply recreate choreography that already existed and put it on camera. We wanted to build a new creation that has its own unique identity.

Produced by Kristin Howe and Joanna Lees
Directed and Edited by Joanna Lees
Cinematography by V. Paul Virtucio
Lighting Design by Tony Stoeri
Music by Michael Wall
Filmed on location at The Lab Theater
Movement by the performers in collaboration with Kristin Howe, Joanna Lees, Erinn Liebhard, and Brenna Mosser

View the film for free: https://vimeo.com/461636823

To support the work, make a donation to AMP via our website, http://www.alterativemotionproject.org, or Venmo (@moveBIG).

Contact:

Join choreographer, Artistic Director, and Gallim Founder Andrea Miller and featured guest Michelle Dorrance, Artistic Director of Dorrance Dance, for a live-streamed happy hour conversation about the evolving field of dance and the arts.

TONIGHT!
Wednesday, October 21
5:00pm

Contact:
Cari Hatcher- northrop@umn.edu

Ranee, Aparna, and Ashwini Ramaswamy share a series of solo Bharatanatyam performances as part of the TEDxMinneapolis' 2020 virtual conference.

They draw from the artistic traditions and spirituality of their South Indian heritage to create dance works that contemplate how humans receive, interpret, codify, preserve, and re-create culture. In their TEDx presentation, the Ramaswamys each perform a solo from Ragamala Dance Company's upcoming production, Fires of Varanasi, which evokes a richly elaborate ritual where time is suspended and humans merge with the divine. Through images that reflect the cosmic trinity of Varanasi, India—sacred pilgrimage routes, The Ganges River, and the patron deity Shiva—the creators imagine a metaphorical crossing place.

October 24, 2020
2:00-4:00pm CT

Contact:
Sasha Blinnikova- admin@ragamaladance.org, (612) 824-1968

Join Twin Cities Ballet and Little Red Riding Hood as she travels throughout Lakeville on a quest to visit Grandma, meeting other fairy tale favorites along the way including little pigs, blind mice, and of course, the Big Bad Wolf! This fun new spin on the classic tale includes an interactive educational narrative geared toward younger audiences or those new to ballet. Prior to the performance there will be a fun optional clue to clue real life quest showcasing Lakeville’s landmarks and attractions; a great community event for the whole family!

In-person tickets are spaced to adhere to current social distancing guidelines and are limited to 25% of the theater capacity.

Two performances:
Saturday, October 24, 2:00pm
Sunday, October 25, 2:00pm

Photo credit: Thomas McCartney

Lakeville Area Arts Center | 20965 Holyoke Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Contact:
Denise Vogt- info@TwinCitiesBallet.org, (952) 452-3163

Let the good times roll at Ballet Co.Laboratory's third annual fundraising celebration. Cruise on over to our parking lot for an afternoon of dance and other amusements. Proceeds will directly benefit the company dancers, students, and outreach efforts of BCL.

This event will include the following from the comfort (and safety) of your own vehicle:
- Complimentary boxed bites and bottled sips delivered to your vehicle
- Live, staged dance production featuring BCL's company and apprentice dancers, with music streamed to your car
- Virtual silent auction
- Socially distanced games, raffles, and other surprises

Saturday, October 24, 2020

In the back parking lot of Ballet Co.Laboratory, 276 E Lafayette Frontage Rd, St. Paul, MN.

PERFORMANCE TIMES
Afternoon Performance: 1:00-3:00pm
Dusk Performance: 4:30-6:30pm

TICKET PRICES
$55 per person - general admission ticket. $20 tax-deductible.
$150 per person - VIP ticket. Includes reserved parking spot. $115 tax-deductible.

Contact:
Rachel Koep- rkoep@balletcolaboratory.org , (651) 313-5967

Heritage Sites, a dance film, premieres this weekend!

Set in an enigmatic space containing a bathtub, we initially see an interplay between the water and each dancer as they tentatively touch, experience, and immerse themselves in it. Filmed on location in St. Paul, the dancers eventually transcend the confines of the tub to the floor of the space. Musser's soundtrack and Myren's camerawork amplify the vulnerability of the dancers' performances, grounding us in the moment.

Each screening is followed by a discussion with Alexandra and a Guest Speaker on a topic related to her artistic process or ethos. Q&A to follow. 60 minute run time.

OCTOBER 24
5:00pm - with 2019 McKnight Dancer Fellow Erin Thompson
7:00pm - with Emily Madigan of the Mixed Messages Podcast

NOVEMBER 7
5:00pm - with Patrick Scully of Patrick’s Cabaret
7:00pm - with Joseph Hall, Executive Director of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater

ADVANCE RESERVATION ONLY!
Tickets close one hour before the event.

Contact:
Alexandra Bodnarchuk- alexandrabodnarchuk@gmail.com, (412) 605-4590

Join Threads Dance Project for a virtual encore presentation of Objet de Desir Inaccessible (Unattainable Object of Desire).

Saturday, October 24: 7:00-8:00pm
Sunday, October 25: 7:00-8:00pm

Threads Dance Project created a work inspired by Marie Benoist’s painting "Portrait d’une Negress", which hangs in the Louvre. The 1800 premiere of this painting was described by critics as a “Tache (stain)”. The critics’ denigration of the image of a Black woman over two hundred years ago is still emblematic of society today. Choreographed by Threads Artistic Director Karen L. Charles, the work addresses the issues of race and sex depicted in works of art, and how they manifest themselves in society both past and present.

The Saturday evening presentation via Zoom will begin with a conversation with Karen L. Charles. Sunday's showing will be followed by an audience discussion and Q&A with Charles and performers.

Tickets: $25.00

Contact:

DANCING WHILE KAREN
Part 18 of MN Dance & the Ecstasies of Influences
Speakers: Pkwa Htoo, Ma Moe Win, Sarmoo Kwee, Eh Smwee, Sar Wait, and Wah Htoo

Live stream conversation via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EastSideFreedomLibrary

Dancing While… is a three-part mini-series—within the larger discussion series, MN Dance & the Ecstasies of Influences—that centers individual stories by dance practitioners and organizers from immigrant and refugee communities in Minnesota.

Hosted by and in collaboration with East Side Freedom Library.
In partnership with Karen Organization of Minnesota.
Curated and produced by Michèle Steinwald.
Documented by Tori Hong, Kristin Van Loon, and Flywheel Media Productions.

Funded by Metropolitan Regional Arts Council’s Arts Project Support Grant and Minnesota Historical Society’s Minnesota Historical & Cultural Grant.

Photo courtesy of The Karen Organization of Minnesota.

Contact:
Michèle Steinwald- michele@44artsproductive.com, (612) 607-4246

Can self care be paid work?
Is there advocacy in end of life planning?

Meeting or Meaning

is a window visit and art conversation outside of Mirror Lab on Sunday, October 25 from 3:00-6:00pm.
Cedar Ave & 34th Street in Minneapolis.
Wear a mask. Space 6 feet.

Catharsis + Care agent, No such thing as a perfect circle + Do not resuscitate, Felt face + Exhaustive costs.

Anna Marie Shogren in collaboration with Theresa Madaus. With Alyssa Baguss available as Notary Public.

MirrorLab Studios | 3400 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Contact:
Anna Marie Shogren- annamaries@gmail.com, (917) 530-4172

You are invited to a virtual presentation!

AMVTP presented Yam, Potatoe an Fish! to Minnesota audiences in October 2018. An inspired evening of solo dance exploring Caribbean diasporic identity, the work reflects her deeply personal journey researching the notion of HOME. Yam, Potatoe an Fish! was to be presented in Alanna's hometown of New York City in June 2020 by Gibney Dance Center. In an attempt to share the work with the world, Alanna is launching the Yam, Potatoe an Fish! watch party and LIVE interview with J. Bouey, to create more dialogue about immigration and cultural identity as well as to lift up the role of the arts in connecting us to each other and better understanding the world we live in.

Thursday, October 29
6:00pm
Suggested donation $15. No one is turned away for lack of funds. All monies go towards performer fees for Alanna's new work, Black Light, with LIVE and virtual presentations in 2021.

Follow Alanna on social media for highlights of the creative process!

Hope to see you there!

Contact:
Alanna Morris-Van Tassel- alanna@alannamvt.com, (917) 583-3567

Dance Theatre of Harlem joins Northrop live from their October residency at Kaatsbaan to share an open rehearsal featuring Robert Garland's "Higher Ground," a Northrop-co-commissioned work.

This live rehearsal, shared online, will include DTH repertoire rehearsed during the residency in addition to two sections of "Higher Ground," set to socially conscious songs from Stevie Wonder's early 1970s recordings. Between sections of rehearsal, Robert Garland, Artistic Director; moderator Virginia Johnson; Northrop Advisory Board member Robyne Robinson; and company artists will discuss the ballet and their creative process. Includes a Q&A with audience members.

Contact:
Cari Hatcher- northrop@umn.edu

Join Cassandra LIVE on Zoom!

Featuring special guest dancers: Helen, Margo, and Megan.

Snuggle up and enjoy an evening watching dance, or get up and dance along!

Show begins on your screen at 6:00pm CT
Saturday, October 31

Reservations are $20. Only one reservation per home is needed. Payment in advance is required by 12:00pm CT, the day of the show.

Contact:
Jenny Piper- genmanager@jawaahir.org, (612) 872-6050

DANCING WHILE HMONG
Part 19 of MN Dance & the Ecstasies of Influences
Speakers: Melvina Cha, Cheng Xiong, Shawn Vue, Lue Thao, Mai Moua Thao, Nancy Xiong

Live stream conversation via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EastSideFreedomLibrary

Dancing While… is a three-part mini-series—within the larger discussion series, MN Dance & the Ecstasies of Influences—that centers individual stories by dance practitioners and organizers from immigrant and refugee communities in Minnesota.

Hosted by and in collaboration with East Side Freedom Library.
In partnership with Hmong Museum.
Curated and produced by Michèle Steinwald.
Documented by Tori Hong, Kristin Van Loon, and Flywheel Media Productions.

Funded by Metropolitan Regional Arts Council’s Arts Project Support Grant and Minnesota Historical Society’s Minnesota Historical & Cultural Grant.

Photo of dancer Cheng Xiong.

Contact:
Michèle Steinwald- michele@44artsproductive.com, (612) 607-4246

In India, food is symbolic of Annapurna - the goddess of food and nourishment - and is an integral part of ritual and festival. Novice and aspiring chefs alike can join this cooking demonstration presented by award-winning Twin Cities chef Raghavan Iyer, who will discuss the interconnectedness of food, art, and ritual in India with Ragamala Dance Company's co-artistic directors Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy.

Cozy up to your computer, and learn about these dishes, or cook along with the group to make a meal in your own home!

Thursday, November 5 at 5:30pm.

Contact:
Cari Hatcher- northrop@umn.edu

November 6 is your chance to catch a virtual sneak peak of 2021 performances from THE MXITAPE Collective, HATCH Dance and STRONGMovement, and Ballet Co.Laboratory!

Start the day-long celebration for The Cowles Center's fall benefit with a musical theatre/jazz class from Renee Guittar at noon, followed by a cocktail class with Rush Benson that evening before the performances. The day will culminate in a virtual dance party with Djenane Saint Juste that you won't want to miss!

En Avant! is free to attend with registration. A suggested donation of $50 supports dance programming.

To register and learn more, visit: http://www.thecowlescenter.org/en-avant

The En Avant! Auction is now live! You could win a photoshoot, dance class, and more: https://enavant.givesmart.com/

The Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Contact:

Grown-ups, looking for something new, different, and just a bit naughty? Leave the kids at home and join Twin Cities Ballet's professional dancers for a brand new cabaret style spin on the classic holiday ballet. With a nod and a wink, this original parody show shatters ballet stereotypes as it combines humor, fun, the unexpected, and a splash of the risqué, in an evening of adult fun and good cheer.

Suitable for ages 17+.

November 27 at 9:00pm
November 28 at 9:00pm
Tickets on sale soon!

Covid-19 precautions: performers and audience members will be masked, and ticket sales will be limited to 25% theater capacity to ensure social distancing.

Photo Credit: Thomas McCartney

Lakeville Area Arts Center | 20965 Holyoke Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Contact:
Denise Vogt- info@TwinCitiesBallet.org, (952) 452-3163

WORKSHOPS, INTENSIVES, MASTER CLASSES and OPEN HOUSES

Young Dance and Push Fitness have teamed up to offer a family conditioning class for dancers and dance enthusiasts. This class, taught by Janine Watkins from Push Fitness, will introduce a conditioning regimen that will allow dancers the opportunity to build strength and stamina to complement their dance training and prevent injuries.

Fridays, 4:00-5:00pm
Ages ten and older. Families encouraged.
Drop-ins welcome! Families receive 1/3 off tuition for each additional family member who joins.

Young Dance offers Creative Movement, Modern, Ballet, Choreography, Hip Hop, Afro-Modern, Dance and Technology, Conditioning, and All Abilities dancing for individuals living with and without disabilities. Young Dance is committed to making dance accessible to all interested participants.

Our academic year programming runs through May 27, 2021. For 2020-21 class information and registration visit: http://www.youngdance.org/class-schedule.

Young Dance | Fairview Business Center, 655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104
Contact:
Jennifer Glaws- jennifer@youngdance.org, (612) 423-3064

Virtual course via Paragon Pilates and PT.

Friday: 10:00am-12:30pm and 3:00-5:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am-12:30pm and 3:00-5:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am-12:30pm and 3:00-5:30pm
Monday: 12:00-1:00pm

Prerequisites: Mat 1
Class Fee: $499.00
Manual: $50.00
Streaming Video: $10.00
ACE (Hours: 1.6 Course: CEP115917, Provider: )
PMA (Hours: 16 Course: 10325, Provider: 100070)

Intermediate/Advanced Exercises
Mat 2 includes the remaining intermediate and advanced level exercises as well as essential movement principles and training tips for advancing clients to the higher levels. Pilates for sports-specific activities are also covered.

For more information:
https://www.pilates.com/education/education-finder

Contact:
Cari Riis Stemmler- cari@paragonpilatespt.com, (952) 405-9765

Join us for our final day in our Create! Dance and Photography Workshop this Friday!

Friday, October 23, 4:30-6:00pm
For ages eight through fifteen.
Location: Outdoors at Como Park. Participants will meet at the Como Park Butterfly Lot for drop off and pick up.

Experience the joy and fun of dance while learning the elements of photography and how images can inspire choreography and creativity! Each class will consist of a group photo walk to help participants focus on their photography goals and let them practice the new skills they’ve learned. They will then apply the elements of photography to movement scores and short, informal and sometimes improvised, dance performances. The artists will work to explore and integrate principles of dance and photography to make creations that are both physically and visually exciting!

Led by Young Dance teaching artist and professional photographer Blake Nellis.
To register: http://www.youngdance.org/class-schedule

Contact:
Jennifer Glaws- jennifer@youngdance.org, (612) 423-3064

Gut, Bones, Ground:
(Re)Connecting to plant magic and the lower body
Registration: https://forms.gle/CEhFdarjB6H1d8yK6

While this time requires that we gather for class in virtual space, we recognize that we are still three-dimensional beings connected to our own locations and body-stories. This class seeks to build our connection to both our immediate physical surroundings, and to one another across distance and through the ether.

Sex, magic, dirt, herbs, pelvis, land.
This class synthesizes herbalism, somatics, and improvisational movement to ask: What is the connection between healing our relationship to the lower body - particularly the gut and pelvis - and healing our relationships to one another and to wounded land? This class grows out of my ongoing choreographic research connecting plant magic/earth, queerness/sex, and the healing of toxic whiteness.

Space and marketing support provided by The Cowles Center's Generating Room program.

The Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Contact:

Virtual session.

A child and parent/caregiver creative movement class. This virtual workshop is designed for children (ages 2-4) and their parent/caregiver who are interested in a shared movement experience that engages the senses of curiosity and play. Both child and caregiver will participate in developmentally appropriate movement exercises that incorporate elements such as effort, shape, and tempo. Music will play an essential role in the class as students will be asked to respond to sounds as well as make sounds themselves. Participants will be encouraged to join at their own comfort level with the understanding that observation is often the best form of learning with younger children. This class will give children and caregivers the opportunity to learn more about themselves and one another through the art form of dance.

Session 2: October 31 - November 21
Four weeks
Saturdays, 10:00-10:45am

Tuition: $60

For more information: http://www.tudance.org/programs/

TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN
Contact:
Laurel Keen- education@tudance.org , (612) 605-1925

In compliance with CDC guidelines regarding coronavirus prevention, we are keeping our Doushin Butoh Experience Workshop on Zoom.

This one-day workshop is for people who want a first-time experience of Doushin Butoh. The essence of Doushin Butoh is “resonance,” an experience beyond idea or concept that can only be felt.

In this class, the students are guided in simple repetitive movements that we call “conditioning.” As students you will be guided into a movement meditation and experience the connection between your body, mind and the universe.

Come and experience the power of Resonance!
Thursday, November 12
6:30-8:00pm

Tuition: $20

Contact:
Gadu Doushin- gadu@doushinresonance.com, (612) 703-7501

A virtual safe space for participants age 18+ to generate movement while preserving and tending to their mental health. Sessions are 30% discussion-based. The curriculum focuses on using Dance and Body to heal from, confront, and identify emotional pain in the body. How does one use this not for performance but for personal growth and enlightenment?

SESSION 2, four weeks:
Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm
November 12-December 10
NO class on November 26.

Cost: $60/participant

Interested students financially affected by COVID-19 and unable to afford the workshop fee, please contact us at education@tudance.org or 612-605-1925.

For more information: http://www.tudance.org/movements-in-meditation/

Photo: Maya Clark Culture Piece Magazine

TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN
Contact:
Laurel Keen- education@tudance.org, (612) 605-1925

Virtual Course Via Paragon Pilates and PT.

Friday: 10:00am-12:45pm and 3:00-5:45pm
Saturday: 10:00am-12:30pm and 3:00-5:45pm
Sunday: 10:00am-12:30pm and 3:00-5:45pm
ACE (Hours: 1.60 Course: CEP136868, Provider: )
PMA (Hours: 16 Course: 10326, Provider: 100070)

Class Fee: before October 26- $449.00; regular- $499.00.
Manual: $50.00
Streaming Video: $10.00
Materials Fee: Optional Pilates Bundle available at http://pilates.com. Includes Magic Roller, Ultra-fit circle, 8' Theraband, 8" inflatable ball, and pinky ball.

This is a virtual course. Enhanced Pilates Mat completes the mat training by adding rings, rollers, bands, and balls to the traditional mat exercises. Adding props to a mat class makes them more dynamic, creative, and accessible; and clients love toys!

Prerequisites: Mat 2

Contact:
Cari Riis Stemmler- cari@paragonpilatespt.com, (952) 405-9765

AUDITIONS, JOBS and OPEN CALLS

Zenon provides instruction for dancers of all genders, orientations, abilities and levels of experience. A key part of our mission is providing quality dance classes for adult professional and community dancers in Minneapolis.

Zenon is seeking several new instructors to teach adult classes for our 2021 Winter Session. If you are passionate about working with adult dancers and have experience teaching movement classes, we would love to hear from you.

Winter Session
This is a contracted position for ten weeks: January 4-March 14. Weekend and weekday class times are available.

Zenon is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or age.

To apply, please send a resume, class description(s), and video dance sample to erika@zenondance.org by November 11.

Contact:
Erika Martin- erika@zenondance.org, (612) 338-1101

Zenon Dance School is accepting applications for choreographers interested in working with Zenon Dance Zone.

Choreographers will work virtually with the Zone Performance Group in a 20-week choreographic process creating a 5- to 10-minute screen dance, culminating with a virtual performance in May 2021.

Winter/Spring Zone Session: January 4–May 30

-Work with Zone dancers to create a new work or refine an existing piece.
-Have access to dancers who are passionate and committed from a variety of dance backgrounds.
-This is an Independent Contractor and stipend-supported position.

Zenon is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or age.

To apply, please send your resume and a link to video samples of your choreography to danielle@zenondance.org, by November 11.

Contact:
Danielle Robinson-Prater- danielle@zenondance.org, (612) 338-1101

The Walker Art Center and guest curator DejaJoelle invite BIPOC Minnesota dancemakers working in all forms for Body Prayers, a special edition of Choreographers’ Evening, presented virtually and in-person June 4–5, 2021.

Six selected choreographic works will be filmed separately in Spring 2021, with the premiere of the evening-length performance film presented virtually on June 4. The program includes an online watch party and breaking bread gathering with the choreographers. Participants also have the opportunity to present live, informal pop-up performances on June 5 in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, which will be optional for the selected choreographers. This special edition of Choreographers’ Evening is presented in June 2021 this year, shifting from its long-standing late-November date, and will premiere online rather than live onstage in the McGuire Theater.

Contact:
Destanie Martin-Johnson- destanie.martin-johnson@walkerart.org

The Young Dance performing company is holding auditions for youth, ages seven to eighteen, for the 2020-21 season. The Company is a group of passionate dancers committed to exploring themselves and their world through dance. Company members take dance classes, collaborate with professional choreographers, create dances themselves, and perform throughout the year. We encourage anyone excited about dance to audition.

Saturday, October 24, 10:45-11:45am
Held online through Zoom.
To register, email info@youngdance.org or call 612-423-3064. Participants will then receive the Zoom meeting information.

The 2020-21 season, HOMECOMING, features exciting new works created by Young Dance Company Alumni Eben Kowler, Emmet Kowler, Shana Crawford, Aubrey Donish, and Patty Mullaney; YD Teaching Artist Gabrielle Abram; and YD graduates Eva Reed and Lexi Samara. In addition, YD Alum Aneka McMullen will offer a series of five masterclasses celebrating the community-conscious roots of hip hop.

Young Dance | Fairview Business Center, 655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104
Contact:
Jennifer Glaws- jennifer@youngdance.org, (612) 423-3064

SERVICES and SPECIAL OFFERS FOR DANCERS

Resources to Support the Minneapolis Protests:
https://rb.gy/nln3vx

Resource to End Police Violence in America:
https://www.joincampaignzero.org/#vision

Black-Led Arts Organizations to Support Now:
https://www.mprnews.org/story/2020/06/03/twin-cities-black-artists-need-...

Contact:
DanceMN Steering Committee- admin@dancemn.org

The Twin Cities Hospitality and Events Workers’ Relief Fund supports workers who have lost income due to business closures and event cancellations related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Twin Cities Hospitality relief effort is intended to be open to all workers in the events and hospitality industries, and will be prioritized based on level of hardship. We are offering these relief efforts to workers who are facing financial distress due to COVID-19 related work reductions.

Visit: https://tinyurl.com/y2dj9f9d to apply.

Resource submitted by Dana Kassel.

Contact:
Non Edwards- news@dancemn.org

ONGOING CLASSES

Erin’s advanced level contemporary/modern Zoom class through Zenon Dance School includes floor work, standing warm-ups, and phrase work, all designed to enhance the healthy use of joints and muscle groups as dancers release their weight fully into the support of the ground. Experiential awareness, body mapping, improvisation, and creative work are included as dancers channel their own expressive artistry within the movement. The delightful Dean Magraw will accompany on guitar.

Thursday mornings, 9:30-11:00am
Fall classes begin on Thursday, September 17, 2020.

Registration is open through Zenon's MindBody portal and closes ten minutes before class.
See you (virtually) soon!

Promocodes: EDU2020 for students; PRORATE for professionals.

For more information:
http://conta.cc39fJDXN

Contact:
Erika Martin- info@zenondance.org

Kathak is a traditional North Indian dance form founded on four pillars of movement: rhythmic footwork, pirouettes, facial expressions, and gestural storytelling. It is a beautiful, elegant art form that is still evolving today. Katha Dance Theatre (KDT) is pleased to offer the finest Kathak education online (via Zoom) this session, which means that our classes are open to dancers across the globe.

We offer classes for dancers of all backgrounds and skill levels. If you have Kathak experience but are new to us, email info@kathadance.org a bit about your background and we will determine your class placement.

A class for students new to Kathak is on Tuesday evenings from 7:30-8:30pm CT.

Enrollment is a two-step process: 1) Registration (via electronic form) and 2) Payment.

Learn more and enroll here: https://kathadance.org/school/classes/fall-session-2020/

Contact:
Rita Mustaphi- info@kathadance.org

Ballet Royale is Minnesota's premier ballet academy for students of all ages!

We provide the best classical ballet training combined with cutting edge anatomical/physiological advances and knowledge in a healthy, nurturing and non-competitive environment.

You can still sign up for all classes, from Creative Dance through our Pre-Professional Performance Track program, adult/teen classes, and our FREE Boys' Program!

To view our full offerings and Covid-19 safety precautions, please visit our website at http://www.BalletRoyaleMN.org or call us today.

We would love for you to come dance with us!

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Contact:
Denise Vogt- info@BalletRoyaleMN.org, (952) 898-3163

Monday
5:30pm: Cardio Dance Jam with Ariel Linnerson

Tuesday
9:30am: gaga/people with Berit Ahlgren
5:30pm: Hip Hop with Arturo Miles
5:30pm: Beginning/Intermediate Ballet with Anne Lentz
7:00pm: Beginning Jazz with Allison Rubin-Forester

Wednesday
9:30am: Improvisation/Composition with HIJACK
5:30pm: Intermediate Contemporary/Modern with Kelli Miles*
5:30pm: Beginning Ballet with Lisa Erickson
7:00pm: Beginning/Intermediate Jazz with Jennifer Glaws

Thursday
9:30am: Advanced Contemporary/Modern with Erin Thompson
5:30pm: Afro Modern with Roxane Wallace
7:00pm: Intermediate Modern with Dustin Haug*

Friday
10:00am: Jazz with Erinn Liebhard and Karla Grotting
12:00pm: Intermediate Ballet with Penny Freeh

Saturday
9:00am: Yoga with Ariel Linnerson
10:00am: Tap with Dorian Brooke
12:00pm: Beginning Ballet with Benjamin Johnson

Register online today!

Contact:
Erika Martin- info@zenondance.org

CoMoCollective offers small group classes to keep artists moving safely together during this uncertain time. For safety, class sizes are limited, temperatures are taken upon entrance, and masks are required throughout class. Pre-register to reserve your space; follow the link to sign up: http://www.communitymovementcollective.com!

October 20: 10:00-11:30AM - Intermediate Advanced Ballet with Sally Rousse and live music by Franco Holder
October 22: 10:00-11:30AM - Intermediate Advanced Ballet with Yuki Tokuda
October 24: 10:00-11:30AM - Contemporary with Da'Rius Malone
October 27: 10:00-11:30AM - Intermediate Advanced Ballet with Sally Rousse and live music by Franco Holder
October 29: 10:00-11:30AM - Intermediate Advanced Ballet with Helen Hatch
October 31: 10:00-11:30AM - Contemporary Ballet with Elayna Waxse

$15 class; $10 virtual class (link sent prior to class); $10 barre only.

Hot House MPLS | 2303 Kennedy St NE, Suite 420, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Contact:
Hannah Benditt- HannahBenditt@gmail.com, (952) 215-6227

Keep dancing this fall in-studio or from the comfort of your home! Join us for drop-in classes at Ballet Co.Laboratory for all ages and abilities. Reserve your space ahead of time! Masks are required to be worn in the studio at all times.

Mondays
Gentle Ballet, 10:00am-11:30am with Anna Goodrich [in-studio or virtual]
Ballet Conditioning, 11:30am-12:00pm with Anna Goodrich [in-studio or virtual]

Tuesdays
Intermediate Ballet, 6:00-7:30pm with Rachel Seeholzer [in-studio or virtual]

Thursdays
Gentle Ballet, 10:00am-11:30am with Anna Goodrich [in-studio or virtual]
Intro/Intermediate Ballet, 6:30-7:45pm with Rosa Prigan [in-studio or virtual]

Fridays
Advanced Ballet, 10:00-11:30am with Leah Gallas [virtual only]

Saturdays
Beginning Ballet, 9:15-10:30am with Genevieve Waterbury
Intermediate Ballet, 10:30am-12:00pm with Genevieve Waterbury [in-studio or virtual]

276 E Lafayette Frontage Rd, St. Paul, MN
Contact:
Maria Vitelli- info@balletcolaboratory.org, (651) 313-5967

Join our online learning community of all ages, sizes, and levels of experience to participate in the creative expression and health and fitness benefits of Middle Eastern dance. The beauty of this dance form is that it makes you feel wonderful in your own body, no matter its size or shape.

Go to http://www.cassandraschool.com to choose your classes and learn from home! Each class is 75 minutes in US Central Time, held through Zoom, and $15 each. Purchase four or more classes and receive a $2 discount per class. You may register online at http://www.cassandraschool.com using PayPal or credit card. Be sure to choose, register, and PAY for your class ahead of time as class registrations close at 8:00pm CT the night before class. The Cassandra School and Jawaahir Dance Company are not responsible for injuries sustained during classes.

Contact:
Jenny Piper- genmanager@jawaahir.org, (612) 872-6050

Join this cohort-led class series offering weekly classes for professional dancers to continue training and to explore teaching to peers. Moving Target sprung out of ARENA DANCES’ previous Floorwork conversation centered around class climate in the Twin Cities. This conversation spoke to the need, hunger, and interest for consistent, rigorous and inspiring classes for professional dancers, taught by fellow professionals. As a collective, Moving Target prioritizes rigor, diversity of contemporary aesthetics, variety of class content, and commitment.

Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30AM at Tapestry Folkdance Center
October 27: Crissy Tolson
November 3: Crissy Tolson
November 10: Helen Hatch
November 17: Helen Hatch

Saturdays, 9:30-11:30AM at The Cowles Center, Studio 2B
October 24: Dustin Haug
October 31: Dustin Haug
Note these are the final two Saturday classes!

Professional dancers of all styles are welcome.
Drop-in participation $14/class.
RSVP required due to limited room capacities.
Please email Mathew Janczewski to reserve.

Contact:
Mathew Janczewski- arenadances@gmail.com

The GYROKINESIS® Method is a rhythmic, flowing style of exercise performed seated, standing, and on all fours. Classes connect you to your breath, center you in your core, and create more space in your body.

Beginners welcome any time. This work has a deep and lasting impact. You will build strength, connection to and from the core, and skill with internal perception. Reach out with any questions.

60-minute GYROKINESIS® Method classes:

Mondays, 10:30am: https://zoom.us/j/597696618
Fridays, 10:30am: https://zoom.us/j/556949877
Sundays, 10:30am: https://zoom.us/j/637871744

Suggested class fee $5-20 to http://www.paypal.me/nonedwards.
Private sessions available.

GYROKINESIS® is a registered trademark of GYROTONIC Sales Corp and is used with their permission.

Contact:

Young Dance offers Creative Movement, Modern, Ballet, Choreography, Hip Hop, Afro-Modern, Dance and Technology, Conditioning, and All Abilities dancing for individuals living with and without disabilities. Students of all levels and backgrounds enjoy our collaborative and creative approach to dance! Young Dance is committed to making dance accessible to all interested participants.

Our academic year programming runs September 16, 2020 through May 27, 2021. All of our classes are taught by professional artists and dance educators with post secondary degree education. Three performance opportunities are scheduled during the academic school year - at the end of each trimester - to showcase what the dancers have been working on in their classes.

We can't wait to dance with you!

For 2020-21 class information and registration visit: http://www.youngdance.org/class-schedule.

Young Dance | Fairview Business Center, 655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104
Contact:
Jennifer Glaws- jennifer@youngdance.org, (612) 423-3064

Young Dance programming integrates individuals living with and without disabilities as equal participants in the exploration, creation, and performance of dance.

All Abilities Dancing 1
Ages seven to eleven.
Wednesday, 5:30-6:30pm
Saturday, 11:15am-12:00pm
Creative Dance for youth living with and without disabilities. This class will focus on positive body awareness, creativity, teamwork, motor coordination, and personal expression.

All Abilities Dancing 2
Ages eleven and older.
Wednesday, 5:30-6:30pm
Participants develop skills of improvisation, partnering, and choreography with an emphasis on communication, collaboration, and performance.

Students of all levels and backgrounds enjoy our collaborative and creative approach to dance!
Our academic year programming runs September 16, 2020-May 27, 2021.
For class information and registration visit: http://www.youngdance.org/class-schedule.

Young Dance | Fairview Business Center, 655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104
Contact:
Jennifer Glaws- jennifer@youngdance.org, (612) 423-3064

WEDNESDAYS
10:00am-11:15am, Central Time
Zoom

Each week: Move BIG from home with Alternative Motion Project! Move and sweat in a weekly online contemporary movement practice that explores mobility, length, momentum, and 3-D expansion, while pushing the boundaries and physicality of a smaller space. Come as you are in the space that you have! Suitable for pre-professional/professional movers.

Register at least 30 minutes prior to class time. The Zoom link will be sent to your email address within 24 hours of the class time. You will need a Zoom account to access the practice.

REGISTRATION:
October 21 – https://forms.gle/k2ruawzeHzudFWUq8
October 28 - https://forms.gle/RBGY81SFRMqvApyq7

This class offering is free/donation-based. Contributions will directly support instructors. To donate, send money via Venmo(@moveBIG) or AMP’s website: http://www.alternativemotionproject.org.
Questions? Email AMP.

We’ll virtually see you soon!

Photo by V. Paul Virtucio.

Contact:

Pop into Friday Morning Jazz this week, 10:00-11:15am Central Time, with Karla Grotting! She's got a thorough warm-up ready for you to build heat and get grounded. We'll find our groove and play with some Betsy Haug rib and foot coordinations as we dig into a new combo, throwing back to 1991 vintage Lenny Kravitz.

Open level, drop-ins welcome!
Join via ZOOM through Zenon Dance School.

Discount Codes to help make it easier for you to #GetYourAssToClass:
Pro-rate, $14/class: PRORATE
Student/teacher, Kindergarten through college, 10% off: EDU2020
Financial need, $5 class: ZDSupport

We're looking forward to grooving with you this week!
- Erinn and Karla

Contact:
Erinn Liebhard- ekliebs@gmail.com

This four-week ballet technique workshop emphasizes alignment, placement and somatic awareness. The class consists of barre and center work that focuses on balance, classical line and connecting steps.

SESSION 1:
Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00am
October 6-October 27
Single classes also available.*

SESSION 2:
Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00am
November 3-December 1
NO class on November 24.

Cost: $60/participant or $15/single class.

*For drop-in participants, registration/payment must be received by 7:00pm the night before class. Zoom link will be emailed by 9:00pm that evening.

Interested students financially affected by COVID-19 and unable to afford the workshop fee, please contact us at education@tudance.org or 612-605-1925.

TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN
Contact:
Laurel Keen- education@tudance.org, (612) 605-1925

DANCE WRITING, REVIEWS and PODCASTS

Message from Alonzo King and LINES Ballet:
https://blog.linesballet.org/2020/06/05/alonzo-king/

Dance Magazine Op-Ed: Where is Your Outrage? Where is Your Support? by Theresa Ruth Howard:
https://www.dancemagazine.com/dance-companies-black-lives-matter-2646141...

Podcast: Seeing White:
https://www.sceneonradio.org/seeing-white/

Contact:
DanceMN Steering Committee- admin@dancemn.org

ARENA DANCES’ NEW season of Studio Stories is underway! This weekly podcast is hosted by Artistic Director Mathew Jancewski and company dancer Joe Crook. This week, we sat down with artist Christopher Watson.

Christopher began his dance training after earning a Masters of Science in journalism from Northwestern. He began at the Houston Ballet Academy and ultimately went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts in dance at the University of Michigan. Locally, Christopher Watson was a member of the New Dance Ensemble. Throughout his career, he has performed with companies in Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco, and more. Beyond performing, Christopher has produced dance, music, and theater events, served as guest teaching artist at multiple universities, and choreographed on his own company. Christopher Watson Dance Company was founded in 1991 in CA, and now calls Minneapolis home.

Visit http://www.arena-dances.org each Thursday at noon to listen, or check it out wherever you get your podcasts!

Contact:

OTHER DANCE NEWS

Join TCB for an exciting full season of safe, live, in-person performances!

TCB has responded to the pandemic’s threats and restrictions by thinking outside the box, and has used the innovation and creativity TCB is known for to create a full roster of unique in-person events. Keeping the health and safety of its dancers, staff and audience foremost in mind, upcoming events incorporate outdoor spaces, limited audience, and inventive use of performance venues.

2020-21 Season:
October 24-25 - FunQuest: Little Red Riding Hood
November 27-28 - A Naughty Nutcracker
December - A Minnesota Nutcracker Adventure and Storybook Nutcracker Workshop
March - Dracula, Romeo & Juliet, and Distance, Sociably—mixed repertory
May - The Ruby Slippers: A Wizard of Oz Ballet

We hope you will join us live and in-person for a unique season of ballet!

Photo credit: Thomas McCartney

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Contact:
Denise Vogt- info@TwinCitiesBallet.org, (952) 452-3163